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As an Israeli I am ecstatic that Saddam is gone!

Reader comment on item: What If the United States Had Not Invaded Iraq

Submitted by Kenneth S. Besig (Israel), Sep 12, 2005 at 02:47

As an Israeli citizen, and as a resident in the Middle East, I am ecstatic that the brutal and warlike regime of Saddam Hussein is over. Not only did his armies invade Iran and Kuwait causing massive death and destruction, his missiles also struck my country, with fewer casualties and property losses, but with equally murderous intent.
I often asked myself after the first Gulf War, just what an aggressive Arab dictator had to do to be put beyond the pale of humanity. Certainly the wanton and unprovoked military invasion of several neighboring countries should be more than enough, certainly the use of poison gas on both neighboring countries as well as his own people should be enough, certainly the financial and diplomatic support of terrorist groups which operate against peaceful Western and Islamic countries should be enough, certainly the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis should be enough, but apparently not. At least not for the United Nations and Europe.

Saddam Hussein was openly supported by the leaders and major corporations of most European nations which profitted handsomely by his corruption and brazen manipulation of the international diplomatic system. Saddam Hussein enjoyed the support of practically all the major media of Europe and even much of America. Amazingly, he still does to a certain extent. Saddam would be even more of a threat to the entire region today had he been allowed to continue in power.

I am still trying to fathom why any decent and rational person would dispute the overthrow of the Saddam nightmare regime. The Saddam government was a real and immediate threat to the Iraqi people, the Middle East, especially Israel, and a threat to Europe and America.
I still cannot discern a downside to the end of Saddam Hussein. If somebody can give me one, I would really appreciate it!

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